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COMMON NAME:
Sand Tiger Shark

SPECIES NAME:
Carcharias taurus

DESCRIPTION:
Sand Tiger Sharks have a sharp, pointy head, and a bulky body. They can reach lengths of up to 12 feet.

HABITAT: 
Shallow coastal waters, from Maine to Florida.

CONSERVATION
Vulnerable

ON EXHIBIT: 
Shark Realm - Adventure Zone D

Sand Tiger Sharks

In our 550,000 gallon Shark Realm Exhibit and throughout our 40 foot shark tunnel, guests can see a number of different shark species, including Sand Tiger Sharks. Sand Tigers are large, slow-moving sharks notable for their jagged, visibly menacing appearance. Despite its fearsome appearance and strong swimming ability, it is a relatively placid and slow-moving shark, that has rarely been implicated in unprovoked attacks on people. They inhabits coastal waters worldwide, living close to the shorelines and sandy beaches of North America - hence the name Sand Tiger Shark. They also dwell in the waters of Japan, Australia, and South Africa. Sand Tigers prefer to hunt close to shore, and groups have been observed hunting large schools of fish. Their diet consists of bony fish, crustaceans, squid, and skates.

Did you know? Because they move very slowly (to the point of almost staying still!) they are known to swim to the surface to swallow a mouthful of air to aid in their buoyancy.  They are also one of the few large free swimming sharks that will occasionally sit still on the bottom of the ocean.

BEHIND THE SCENES ADVENTURE: Do you love sharks? What about a chance to SWIM with them?! Check out our legendary Swim with the Sharks Adventure - a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will bring you face to face with dozens of sharks.